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    Morrison Couple Plead Guilty in Lieu of Trial on Animal Cruelty Charges

    A Morrison couple who claimed to be running a Paso Fino horse rescue have elected to plead guilty instead of going forward with a jury trial. Gary Roger Norman, 72, and Sandra Kay Norman, 68, were in court yesterday where they entered guilty pleas to Animal Cruelty (M1).

    In May, 2013 Jefferson County sheriff’s investigators and animal control officers executed a search warrant at the Norman’s horse property in Morrison as part of an investigation into suspected mistreatment of horses. They found 18 horses in poor condition. Attending veterinarians said the horses were malnourished, and too thin had serious health issues. The 18 horses were seized.

    The Norman’s had received numerous warnings regarding conditions at the horse property since 2001.

    Gary and Sandy Norman were each charged with Animal Cruelty. Their jury trial was set to begin on January 27.

    Gary Norman pled guilty to one count of Animal Cruelty (M1) on January 23. Sentencing was set for April 11, 2014. Norman could possibly face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine. His wife, Sandra Norman, pled guilty to one count of Animal Cruelty (M1) and was given a one year unsupervised deferred judgment and sentence.

    Kelley Bliden, 43, and Kimberly Koontz, 41, were also charged with Animal Cruelty but those charges were later dismissed.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    January 24, 2014

    Last Updated: 1-28-2014
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